Christian Freedom Workshops

CHRISTIAN FREEDOM WORKSHOPS

during the 10th Gniezno Convention

Christian Freedom Workshops, i.e. meetings in small groups (up to 25 people) – will take place on Friday, 11 March 2016, and on Saturday, 12 March 2016, between 5-6:45 pm.

NOTE: the “Freedom Towards Others and Those Felt to Be a Risk” workshop takes two days; it begins on Friday and is continued on Saturday.

 

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 11–12 March 2016, 5-6:45 pm

1.

FREEDOM TOWARDS OTHERS AND THOSE FELT TO BE A RISK

In the 10th century we were visited by strangers with a new, strange and incomprehensible faith …

We hear people talk about the threat of secularisation and Islamisation of Europe. What is the response of a free Christian supposed to be?

Moderator: Dr Maria Rogaczewska

Maria Rogaczewska – a Ph.D. in Sociology, graduate of MBA studies in the French Institute of Management, scholarly assistant at the Social Studies Institute of Warsaw University, co-founder of the 2012 Social Project, currently co-head of the Warsaw University Centre for Social Challenges. She designed, implemented and evaluated multiple research projects in the area of local development, participation, local partnerships, promotion of sport and health, and sociology of young people. She co-created a number of initiatives (e.g. Civic Congress in Poland, 2012 Social Project, eCo-Solving, Pracademia), a member of the Więź Laboratory Team and of the editorial board of Więź quarterly.

 

FRIDAY – 11 March 2016, 5-6:45 pm

2.

FREEDOM OF A LEADER AND FREEDOM WITH A LEADER

Mieszko I took decision on behalf of the People …

What kind of leadership is a constraint to freedom and what kind of leadership sets us free?

Moderator: Katarzyna Czayka-Chełmińska

Katarzyna Czayka-Chełmińska – psychologist, coach of social skills, family mediator. Vice-President of the Leaders’ School Foundation. Active in the area of local leadership, since 2005 head of the Leaders Program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. Co-author of the tutoring method applied in the Program, i.e. individual support in the development of social leaders.

3.

FREEDOM WHEN WE CAN DO EVERYTHING

How can we develop our own and common freedom when there are no constraints? How to uphold what is really important in a situation of unbridled freedom?

Moderator: Przemysław Fenrych

Przemysław Fenrych – coach and expert of the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy FRDL), specialist in social communication, creation of the civil society; he trains coaches who educate adults via interactive methods. He carries out projects in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and Tunisia. Acting director of the FRDL Training Centre in Szczecin, a founding member of the Association of Big Families Three Plus, a founding member and for many years the president of the Szczecin Club of Catholics.

4.

PRESENT-DAY PARISH – A COMMUNITY OF FREE INDIVIDUALS

Poland’s baptism marked the beginning of creating local Christian communities which gave rise to parishes.

What is it that makes us happy, sad and impartial in present-day parishes? How to build a new beginning in the parish community?

Moderator: Rev. Dr Janusz Giec

Rev. Dr Janusz Giec – theologian, lecturer at the Archbishop’s Seminary in Szczecin and at the Szczecin University Faculty of Theology, pastor of the Parish of St. Otto of Bamberg in Szczecin.

5.

UKRAINIANS, VIETNAMESE, SYRIANS – FREEDOM IN THE ENCOUNTER OF CULTURES AND VALUE SYSTEMS

1050 years of Christianity in Poland is an ongoing exchange of the experience of very different individuals and communities. We pride ourselves on our hospitality and tolerance.

What are the challenges to these values today? How to develop these values in the face of today’s challenges?

Moderator: Krzysztof Stanowski
Expert: Dr Jörg Lüer

Krzysztof Stanowski – president of the board of International Solidarity Foundation. Between 2007–2011 undersecretary of state in the Ministry of National Education and then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first commander of ZHR (Scouting Association of the Republic). For many years the president of the Education for Democracy Foundation. Experienced coach, author of training programs and publications on civic education and work of NGOs. For many years a member of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Group. Co-author of the development aid law, co-initiator of the European Endowment for Democracy.
Dr Jörg Lüer – vice-chairman of the board of the Maximilian Kolbe Foundation. The chair of the Berlin office of Justitia et Pax Commission at the Conference of German Bishops. He belongs to the Council of the Foundation for International Youth Meeting Center in Oświęcim. He studied modern history, Catholic theology and political science.

 6.

SO YOU MAY BE ONE … FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION AS CHALLENGES FOR POLISH CHRISTIANITY TODAY

1050 years of Christianity in Poland is marked in the main by beautiful moments. How about the less glorious ones? Can we impartially judge everything? How to counter divisions, how to build genuine solidarity based on reconciliation rather than on “sweeping things under the carpet”?

Moderator: Monika and Marcin Gajda

Monika and Marcin Gajda – she: educator of general and special education, choreotherapist; he: physician, theologian, acolyte during the formation to be ordained to the deaconate; both: therapists, retreat lecturers, authors of books about human development and education. Founders of Theosis Foundation supporting activities combining psychology and spirituality, including the promotion of the Christian Integral Therapy (a therapy method practically taking into consideration Christian spirituality in work with the patient).

7.

FREEDOM IN EXTREME SITUATIONS – IN DEPRESSION, POVERTY, SICKNESS, PATHOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT

It is easy to feel free in a comfortable situation…

What does being free mean when it seems that all around us enslaves us and that fate leaves no chance for choice?

Moderator:Ewa Kusz

Ewa Kusz – psychologist, sexuologist, therapist. Deputy director of the Child Protection Centre at Ignatianum Academy. Graduate of Human Resources Management. Twice participated as a lay auditor in the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican (2008 and 2012). Member of the Association of Christian Psychologists and the Więź Laboratory Team. Runs a psychology practice in Katowice. Lives in Tarnowskie Góry.

8.

NO FREEDOM WITHOUT SOLIDARITY!

This was such a beautiful slogan 35 years ago …

What has happened to Polish solidarity? What destroys it? How to rebuild, strengthen and develop it?

Moderator: Zofia Fenrych, Fr. Maciej Biskup OP

Zofia Fenrych – historian, staff member of the Institute of National Remembrance in Szczecin, promotes contemporary history among children and young people, carries out research on the history of the Church and young people in communist Poland.

Maciej Biskup OP – a Dominican friar, ordained to the priesthood in 1998. A graduate of the College of Philosophy and Theology in Krakow and of Ph.D. studies in Dogmatic and Fundament Theology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Former master of Dominican novices and students and editor-in-chief of W Drodze Publishing House. Lecturer at the Christian East Department in Warsaw. Since 2013 prior and pastor of the Parish of St. Dominic in Szczecin. Author of books: Ocalić w sercu and Zaskoczony wiarą. Między Jerychem a Jerozolimą.

 

SATURDAY, 12 March 2016, 5-6:45 pm

9.

WHY MARRIAGE RATHER THAN COHABITATION?

What activities in the fields of education, social communication, social self-organisation, and law may strengthen Polish married couples and assure an increased trust in the institution of marriage?

Moderator: Paweł Woliński

Paweł Woliński – president of the Mom and Dad Foundation, board member of the Union of Big Families 3+, father of four.

10.

BELARUSSIANS, UKRAINIANS AND POLES: BUILDING A NEW OPENING

Good news: according to polls, Poles are the Ukrainians’ favourite nationality; bad news: Poles’ anti-Ukrainian resentments are strengthened by pro-Russian “trolls”.

What should be done, what should be avoided to build permanent, good Polish-Ukrainian relations?

Moderator: Mikołaj Łuczok OP, Andriy Nechiporuk

Mikołaj Łuczok OP – Dominican friar, chaplain for students in Russia and Ukraine for over 12 years.

Andriy Nechiporuk – president of the board of the Lion Association from Lviv (main areas of operation: democratisation processes, civil society development, support of democratic initiatives, civic education in Central and Eastern Europe). Expert and aide on organisation development, project management, monitoring, and evaluation and development of international cooperation. He has conducted over 600 educational seminars and trainings for NGOs, local authorities, teachers, and educators in Ukraine and in other countries of Europe and Asia.

11.

SUPPORTING UKRAINIAN FREEDOM

The war in the East is only one of the obstacles to freedom …

How can we support Ukrainian freedom the most efficiently?

Moderator: Krzysztof Stanowski, Fr. Wojciech Surówka OP

Krzysztof Stanowski – president of the board of International Solidarity Foundation. Between 2007–2011 undersecretary of state in the Ministry of National Education and then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first commander of ZHR (Scouting Association of the Republic). For many years the president of the Education for Democracy Foundation. Experienced coach, author of training programs and publications on civic education and work of NGOs. For many years a member of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Group. Co-author of the development aid law, co-initiator of the European Endowment for Democracy.

Wojciech Surówka OP – Dominican friar, theologian, Director of St Thomas Aquinas Institute in Kiev. Interested in Orthodox theology and contemporary philosophy.

12.

“WITHOUT PAYING FOR THE WINE AND MILK” – TO DISCOVER THE GOD OF THE GOSPEL

Christian freedom is at risk of a falsified message concerning the image of God and His expectations. In which areas and by which methods can Christianity be shown as a relation that brings about happiness and results in morality (rather than the other way around!)?

Moderator: Dr Małgorzata Wałejko, Piotr Żyłka

Małgorzata Wałejko – educator and theologian, academic lecturer, essayist. Conducts lectures and workshops for young people on spirituality and Christian life. Author of the book Listy w butelce (W drodze 2013) and co-author of Razem czy osobno? (with Zbigniew Nosowski, W drodze 2010). A wife and mom of three kids, a lay Dominican. For a few years the author of Abandon blog at dominikanie.pl.

Piotr Żyłka – Christian journalist, editor in chief of Deon.pl. Author of the faceBÓG project and the Polish profile of Pope Francis. In 2015 released a book Życie na pełnej petardzie, an interview with Fr. Jan Kaczkowski. Laureate of the Trace Award for Journalists.

13.

LIFE HAS MANY BEGINNINGS. HOW TO BEGIN WELL, BEING FREE?

The title of the Convention, “Europe of New Beginnings” reminds us that every day we start all over again (change of school, enrolling at university, change of a job, marriage, birth of a child, widowhood…) Are there any general principles of “good beginnings”? How to create conditions for good beginnings, what to avoid?

Moderator: Anna Bentyn

Anna Bentyn experienced educator, methodology counsellor of educators and tutors of day-care centres in Gniezno, works in a junior high school. Coach of the Education for Democracy Foundation. Experienced in the implementation of educational projects implemented within Human Capital Operational Program, etc. Vice-president of the PHRONESIS Association of Philosophical Education. Daughter, mother, grandmother.

14.

A FREE CHRISTIAN BETWEEN CONSERVATISM AND PROGRESSIVISM

“New beginnings” make one reflect on what one leaves behind when pushing forward. How to build a new future without giving up on the time-honoured values? How to move forward without stumbling on old habits?

Moderator: Jarema Piekutowski

Jarema Piekutowski – sociologist, researcher and coach, a member of the Więź Laboratory Team, between 2011–2014 vice-president of Veritas Foundation at the Dominican Priory in Szczecin, moderator and organiser of debates and symposia dedicated to sociology, philosophy and spirituality.

15.

CULTURE: FREEDOM, RESPONSIBILITY, GROWTH

Culture must be free, as only then does it offer a chance for growth, for another good beginning. Must freedom be shocking? How to create culture, how to participate in it to obtain social capital? How to make it offer a new perspective, build trust, create an identity, and foster cooperation?

Moderator: Marek Sztark
Expert: Rev. Andrzej Draguła

Marek Sztark – an independent animator of culture and local development. An advisor, coach and lecturer. He deals with projects from a variety of areas: growth and integration of social and occupational communities, social economy, protection of cultural heritage, animation of local development, and animation of culture. He works in Wrocław and coordinates cooperation of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 with the region of Lower Silesia.

Rev. Andrzej Draguła – professor of theology, essayist. Head of the Department of Pastoral Theology, Liturgics and Homiletics at the Szczecin University Theology Faculty. Director of the Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Zielona Góra. A member of the Scholarly Council of the Więź Laboratory Team and of the editorial board of Więź quarterly. A columnist of Tygodnik Powszechny. Author of a few books.

16.

THE CHRISTIAN AND THE FREE MARKET: THE PRACTIE OF LIFE AND MANAGEMENT

A debate on unique values connected with Christian business. Exemplary values to be discussed include: talent discovery and support; more efficient use of resources; corporate social responsibility; creating valuable jobs; reconciling work and family; educating the virtues of self-constraint, frugality and economy.

Moderator: Dariusz Kuzara and collaborators from the Employers’ Union Towarzystwo Dzieł CDO Polska: Adam Bijas, Jacek Grzelak, Sławomir Miazek, Agnieszka Strzałkowska.

Dariusz Kuzara – President of CDO Polska. Studied Biomedical Engineering at Wrocław University of Technology, Software Engineering at Sheffield University and Management at the Warsaw School of Economics. For the past 17 years connected with the IT sector, implements projects supporting the operation of or transforming IT divisions in entities like the international laboratory of nuclear physics CERN, Geneva, a few major banks and financial institutions in Poland, two large telecommunications corporations and the biggest fuel companies on the market. For the last 4 years he has successfully continued operations in his own company Proitcon.

17.

A MEETING WITH THE SONG – a meeting “out of this world”.

A direct experience of the power of traditional religious music

Moderator: Adam Strug

Adam Strug – singer and instrumentalist, poet, song author, composer of music for theatre and film, researcher – collector and practitioner, script author for documentaries. Leader of a music company which performs his songs. Founding father of the Monodia Polska ensemble, practicing Polish songs handed down in oral tradition. Depositary and promoter of Polish songs transmitted from one generation to the next exclusively by word of mouth.